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  1. Yes, I was caught by the Lightning bug a few years ago, and this is the result... A Trio of Lightnings All the best Davide PS: what kind of stuff do you play on guitar ???
  2. Hi Giorgio, excellent progress! Just one small suggestion, if I may, before you attach wings. Since the Sword wings have so little surface to stick to, when I did my T. Mk.5, I inserted two metal rods made from paper clip on one wing and drilled corresponding holes in the other. This allowed me to adjust the dihedral before gluing the wings to the final position, since the paper clip metal can be bent easily. Cheers from Davide
  3. Weathering aside, the natural metal is extremely good! Cold-war Russian aircraft NMF is not easy at all, because it's generally not too shiny but not even too dull, and you have got the right balance. Davide
  4. Really Amazing. It reminds me of when I was a young student (circa 1981) and visited the Cameri Air Force Base with the school. A 104 was there in the hangar, semi disassembled, and it had a big dent into the leading edge. The pilot had been flying, well, a bit too low... and hit some trees! Bel lavoro! Are you going to bring it to the modeling contest in Volandia next 16-17 June? Link Davide
  5. Absolutely outstanding. I have always liked the Bulgarian camo colors, and yours are spot on. Congratulations! Davide
  6. Absolutely amazing - the first picture in particular is not different from the real thing! Cheers Davide
  7. The kit instructions say "Lightning Training Flight (LTF) RAF Alconbury 1987" But there is also a photo that locates XV328 in Binbrook in 1985. Airliners.net XV328 has carried either a natural metal belly tank (the one in the Airliners picture) or a grey painted one, I choose the latter. Just to avoid masking, spraying... I'm a lazy guy, I know. Davide
  8. Thank you all for the nice words, guys! The Sword kit was the second short run I've built (the first a Amodel Yak-28) but honestly I didn't find it so difficult to build. It takes a bit of patience to align everything properly (but I am a veeeery slow builder). In some areas it has even finer detail then the Airfix kit, with which it surely shares the mold lines of the fuselage. The only areas that needed a bit more of attention were the cockpit, in order to position it correctly, and the wings, since the attachment tabs are very short. In order not to have surprises lat
  9. I have always had a soft spot for the Lightning, built my first from Frog-Hasegawa when I was a teenager. Not really a beautiful aircraft, but it transmits a sense of brute force... very much like a MiG-25 or an A-10. Then the Trumpeter kit came, and I decided to build it. Then the Airfix kit came, and being more accurate in shape, I decided to build it. Then the Sword trainer came, and... why not? So here they are. The Trumpeter F.6. With Aires cockpit, Aires corrected exhausts, Xtradecal decals and Master pitot.
  10. Never used the AK Metal myself, but I have just seen an article on the SkyModel Italian magazine, of a guy who used the AK for the exaust tail section of a MiG-21. He used Tamiya X-1 as a primer, thinned with Tamiya Lacquer Thinner (Yellow Cap), with 2 shades of AK, Aluminium and Dark Aluminium, and the results appear more "polished" than yours. Of course judging from a photo on a magazine. But the Aluminium 479 used this way looks quite close to the Lightning in the photos above. Perhaps you could try that. Davide
  11. Really excellent stuff! I bought a Rob-Taurus vacu canopy for my Hasegawa F-14 and it's perfect, crystal clear despite being a little bit thick. Only advice, you have to be very patient separating it from its "frame". I ruined one because I was not careful enough. my mistake. Davide
  12. Thank you Gekko, based on my experience with black under white I was going to reach the same conclusion, that black could be used as an overall primer, but you came up with a very sound reason for it. Well, I'll stick to good old Humbrol 33 for now, and will try other brands in the meantime. Cheers Davide
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